Building Permits

Welcome to the City of Fife Permit Center. Our goal is to assist you with your permit needs as quickly and friendly as possible. From pre-submittal meetings to inspections to certificates of occupancy, the Permit Center is responsible for all development permits within the City of Fife.

To make the permitting process as efficient as possible, checklists of submittal requirements for Residential and Industrial/Commercial permits are available here:

The Permit Center is also responsible for scheduling inspections for issued permits. To schedule an inspection, call (253) 922-9624 by 4:00 pm the day prior to your preferred inspection date.

Permit Fees:
For permit fees, please view our Fee Schedule. Permits not listed on this schedule have fees that are determined at time of application. This is because the fee is based on information provided by the applicant (i.e. valuation, construction type, square footage, number of fixtures, etc). For an estimate, please contact the Permit Center.

City Hall
5411 23rd Street East
Fife, WA 98424
(253) 922-9624

Building Permits – FAQ

What is my property zoned?

City of Fife Zoning Map

What can I build/develop on my piece of property?

For major development of a lot, it is recommended that you schedule a DRC (Development Review Committee) meeting. Visit the DRC page for instructions and meeting application. What you are able to build on your property depends on the intended Use. First, determine how your property is zoned. To do this, refer to the City of Fife Zoning Map. Second, refer to Title 19 of the Fife Municipal Code, and determine if your use is allowed in that zone.

Is my permit ready?

Permits are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If the applicant fails to provide a complete submittal, the permit can not be processed until all necessary information is received. If further information is required for review, the applicant will be notified. When the permit is approved, the permit coordinator will contact you.

How can I schedule an inspection?

Inspections are scheduled weekdays from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.. To schedule an inspection, call (253) 922-9624 by 4:00 PM the day prior to your preferred inspection date.

Inspections can also be requested online at the City of Fife’s Online Permit Center. In order to request an inspection online, you must be a registered user in the Online Permit Center. Create an account by clicking the “Sign Up” link. Please contact support at (253) 922-9625 if you need any assistance using the new Online Permit Center or need to acquire your personal access code.

What is my parcel number?

A parcel number is the most useful item on a permit application. To find your parcel number, follow this link to the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s web page. Here you can enter your house number and street name, to find your parcel number. Make sure the parcel type is a “real” parcel and the parcel status is “active”. Also, by clicking on your parcel number you can find all sorts of handy information such as building and land values, a parcel map of your property, sales history, building history and even view and pay your property taxes.

Why do I need a building permit?

There are a lot of reasons to apply for and acquire a building permit. A building permit ensures:

  • The contractors are registered, licensed and insured
  • Adequate documentation is provided to construct your building project
  • Building plans and structural calculations meet minimum codes
  • Key stages of the work are inspected
  • Your building is deemed suitable for occupation

Section 105.1 of the 2015 International Building Code regarding required permits reads: “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.”

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Important Links from Community Development

Regional Links Green & Low Impact Development Informative Links Governmental Links

If you have questions regarding these descriptions, you can contact a Permit Coordinator or Building Official at (253) 922-9624.

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